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Old 06-11-2013, 05:03 PM
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Are there only 60" and 65" versions of the ZT60? I have an entertainment center with limited space but lots of daylight so I would love a ZT but may have to go with a P55VT60...
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Well said and I am glad you exchanged your set smile.gif

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Did you end up buying the ZT? You had two vt60s right?

Yep, I bought a ZT. I had a VT50 but never owned a VT60. I had 2 Kuros.
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How is the brightness of the ZT compared to the Kuro? Still on the fence about whether to replace my Kuro.
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How is the brightness of the ZT compared to the Kuro? Still on the fence about whether to replace my Kuro.

Wow! I'm not sure how to answer that. I sold the 111fd 7 months ago. It was a 50". I can say that in THX Cinema mode that I have ever thought this isn't as bright as the Kuro. It seems to be about as bright. But I have thought; "Damn, these blacks look as good as the 9g. They look really black."

The Kuro before that was an 8g - 5080.
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Are there only 60" and 65" versions of the ZT60? I have an entertainment center with limited space but lots of daylight so I would love a ZT but may have to go with a P55VT60...

Yes, ZT is restricted to 60" and 65". Any lower, you'll have to go with VT or ST.
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How is the brightness of the ZT compared to the Kuro? Still on the fence about whether to replace my Kuro.
I don't think I'd replace a Kuro unless it was a matter of size (i.e. upgrading from 50" to 65"). Despite what my g/f says, size does matter.
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Yes, ZT is restricted to 60" and 65". Any lower, you'll have to go with VT or ST.
Or the 51" Samsung F8500. I know, wrong thread.

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How is the brightness of the ZT compared to the Kuro? Still on the fence about whether to replace my Kuro.

The ZT60 can get as bright as the Kuro, but I suspect that it cannot be well calibrated at as bright a level as you can a Kuro Elite. I am sure as more are calibrated, we will see, especially if they are calibrated in a non-isf mode such as Cinema.

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Who's getting the ZT60 calibrated first? Post your dates! smile.gif I'm at around the 30th-2nd I believe, still waiting on confirmation from DNice.

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I've been quiet on the topic but I grabbed one at a Best Buy (literally living up to their name) in a neighboring state and traveled nearly 750 miles round trip to pick it up last Thursday (been running slides since) Engineering choices do make me wonder about the fan situation, as I can hear them very faintly across the room. It shouldn't be noticeable 95% of the time while watching content. No dead pixels thankfully, though, and I can't wait to see some real content on it.

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Who's getting the ZT60 calibrated first? Post your dates! smile.gif I'm at around the 30th-2nd I believe, still waiting on confirmation from DNice.
I had it calibrated today. Almost 400 hrs on it. I used this person three times before to calibrate HDTVs. It always turned out great. But he said this was the most difficult on he had ever done. Mainly cause I asked him to get it as bright as he could
Without clipping white or washing out the black levels. Although you can make the ZT60 bright, he could not make it bright and be well calibrated. (Just as they found out at the shoot out). He had to recalibrate several times! So they final results look great with fine detail and reference blacks, it can not be made brighter than what any of you saw at the shootout. I am sure this does not surprise any of you. This TV shows everything good & bad about broadcast TV. (Many commercials have over saturated pictures to jump out at the consumer, this can look less than desirable on a calibrated ZT60.) You see Anchors on news casts who use too much make up. But many shows just jump out and look tremendous. This TV is like a High End Turntable or a reference CD payer
That shows off high quality recordings but also how bad a poorly recorded song can sound.
I am enjoying watching it right now. Throwing in different Blu-rays and switching to different channels!
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I had it calibrated today. Almost 400 hrs on it. I used this person three times before to calibrate HDTVs. It always turned out great. But he said this was the most difficult on he had ever done. Mainly cause I asked him to get it as bright as he could
Without clipping white or washing out the black levels. Although you can make the ZT60 bright, he could not make it bright and be well calibrated. (Just as they found out at the shoot out). He had to recalibrate several times! So they final results look great with fine detail and reference blacks, it can not be made brighter than what any of you saw at the shootout. I am sure this does not surprise any of you. This TV shows everything good & bad about broadcast TV. (Many commercials have over saturated pictures to jump out at the consumer, this can look less than desirable on a calibrated ZT60.) You see Anchors on news casts who use too much make up. But many shows just jump out and look tremendous. This TV is like a High End Turntable or a reference CD payer
That shows off high quality recordings but also how bad a poorly recorded song can sound.
I am enjoying watching it right now. Throwing in different Blu-rays and switching to different channels!



Kind of what I thought.......It can get pretty bright, but not bright and well calibrated. Perhaps some other calibrators will find tricks as more of these are calibrated?

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Heh I swear it's the same batch of guys I've seen in the threads throughout so many years with these tvs (top end plasmas, Elite LCD, kuro elites etc)....nice to see so many people stick around . Mine's getting delivered tomorrow.....crossing fingers for a smooth delivery and a good panel. As sweet as the VT50 is my 151FD is still my go to screen....thinking the ZT60 will change this according to what I saw in the daytime @ best buy.
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Heh I swear it's the same batch of guys I've seen in the threads throughout so many years with these tvs (top end plasmas, Elite LCD, kuro elites etc)....nice to see so many people stick around . Mine's getting delivered tomorrow.....crossing fingers for a smooth delivery and a good panel. As sweet as the VT50 is my 151FD is still my go to screen....thinking the ZT60 will change this according to what I saw in the daytime @ best buy.


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Kind of what I thought.......It can get pretty bright, but not bright and well calibrated. Perhaps some other calibrators will find tricks as more of these are calibrated?

What was your final fl?
27fl
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27fl

Out of the box THX cinema is around 34 ! 27 sounds way too low.

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Whoa...I'll see Glashub a eek.gif and raise one more on that number eek.gif. If that would be the best calibrated number I could get....... I would just have to be uncalibrated!

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It's a trick Pioneer used with the 8G -- dim the screen to get better blacks. It wasn't until the 9G that they got the brightness and blacks right. I'd suspected Panny was doing an 8G trick -- but went into denial I think.
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Out of the box THX cinema is around 34 ! 27 sounds way too low.
This looks brighter than THX Cinema mode on my TV so could be my TV is a tad dimmer Than other ZT60's. I have no explanation for it. It does look better than THX Cinema too.
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So Panasonic is still 6 years behind Pioneer technologically (in some respects)? biggrin.gif
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It's a trick Pioneer used with the 8G -- dim the screen to get better blacks. It wasn't until the 9G that they got the brightness and blacks right. I'd suspected Panny was doing an 8G trick -- but went into denial I think.

The funny thing is that the brightness is in the panel, along with deep blacks. I suspect it's more about not blowing out the white luminance levels so that they are clipping than anything. If there was a was a way to calibrate the high panel level down rather than the mid panel brightness up, perhaps that would work. Just asking for maybe 40fl to 45fl calibrated. It's there now to get that calibrated. I thought I read somewhere that DNice calibrated a VT60 at 40fl.....???

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This looks brighter than THX Cinema mode on my TV so could be my TV is a tad dimmer Than other ZT60's. I have no explanation for it. It does look better than THX Cinema too.

Very interesting. Actually THX Cinema was measured at 33FL by CNET and after calibration CINEMA yielded 38FL. What really matters, though, is the fact your set looks brighter and you are happy. I am using THX Cinema and don't need more brightness even during the day in a room with drapes.

Here is the CNET calibration and comments:

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The funny thing is that the brightness is in the panel, along with deep blacks. I suspect it's more about not blowing out the white luminance levels so that they are clipping than anything. If there was a was a way to calibrate the high panel level down rather than the mid panel brightness up, perhaps that would work. Just asking for maybe 40fl to 45fl calibrated. It's there now to get that calibrated. I thought I read somewhere that DNice calibrated a VT60 at 40fl.....???
My calibrator tried to calibrate high panel brightness down and it did not work. I have a 65" V10 in the bedroom(used to be my main TV) and it is Brighter. But just does not have the deep black levels and overall detail that this ZT60 has.
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Very interesting. Actually THX Cinema was measured at 33FL by CNET and after calibration CINEMA yielded 38FL. What really matters, though, is the fact your set looks brighter and you are happy. I am using THX Cinema and don't need more brightness even during the day in a room with drapes.

Here is the CNET calibration and comments:

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-19410_102-593204/panasonic-tc-p60zt60-picture-settings/
I would like it brighter. And all I can think to say is this particular set is not as bright as most ZT60's. Unless the Calibrators equipment was defective.
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Kind of what I thought.......It can get pretty bright, but not bright and well calibrated. Perhaps some other calibrators will find tricks as more of these are calibrated?

What was your final fl?

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I would like it brighter. And all I can think to say is this particular set is not as bright as most ZT60's. Unless the Calibrators equipment was defective.



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Very interesting. Actually THX Cinema was measured at 33FL by CNET and after calibration CINEMA yielded 38FL. What really matters, though, is the fact your set looks brighter and you are happy. I am using THX Cinema and don't need more brightness even during the day in a room with drapes.

Here is the CNET calibration and comments:

http://forums.cnet.com/7723-19410_102-593204/panasonic-tc-p60zt60-picture-settings/
I would like it brighter. And all I can think to say is this particular set is not as bright as most ZT60's. Unless the Calibrators equipment was defective.

If you didn't know the number, would the brightness bother you?

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